Modi administration firm on bridge across Palk Strait linking Sri Lanka

Pamban_Rail_BridgeIndian Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan has said the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was firm in its proposal to build a bridge across Palk Strait, connecting Dhanushkodi, the eastern tip of Rameswaram island and Talaimannar in Sri Lanka, The Hindu newspaper reported.

He said the project was at the preliminary stage but the Indian Government was firm in going ahead with the project and realise the dream of Mahakavi Bharathi. The Sri Lankan government is expected to give its nod for the project, Mr. Radhakrishnan said, replying to a question.

Once the project was executed, Danushkodi, which became a ghost town after the 1964 cyclonic storm, would flourish and the extension of a four-lane highway from Paramakudi to Rameswaram would be automatically implemented, he said.

After the execution of the project, this arid and backward district, which earned the dubious distinction of ‘Thanni illa kaadu’ (waterless jungle) and choicest destination for punishment postings would turn into one of the wealthiest districts in the country, he said.

Rejecting a suggestion that the Centre was delaying the construction of a memorial for the former President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam at the burial site at Pei Karumbu, near here, he said the Centre had just received clearance from the State government and the memorial would emerge as one of the best in the country.

Replying to a question, Radhakrishnan said the NDA after coming to power at the Centre in May 2014, had secured the release of fishermen, whenever they were arrested by the Sri Lankan navy on charges of poaching. The External Affairs Ministry was taking steps to work out a lasting solution to the vexatious issue, he said. The question of retrieving Katchatheevu would be decided if the islet came in the way of working out a lasting solution to the fishermen issue, he said, answering a question. (Colombo Gazette)

5 COMMENTS

  1. Build toilets for the 600 million Indian that now defacate in the open with this money. The Islands on the Sri Lankan side are nature reserves and no one in Sri Lanka want this bridge. If India wants to get China out of Sri Lanka then help restructure the cripling 8billion high interest Chinese loans the MR government sadled Sri Lanka with that China is holding Sri Lanka captive with.

  2. We Sri Lankan are more secular than BJP -RSS politics of that anti-Muslim democracy by Hindu extremist politics that will undermined secularism of democracy which is NOT guaranteed by Democracy and Republic of an Island

    We do not want build Bridge between two countries to who is going destroy our values and norms of prevailing secular democracy -Sri lanka.

    By and large the Bridge an initiated by BJP -RSS proposed project by Modi’s rule in the centre of India, that will definitely harm to the people to people relationship with two nations.
    Well, do not want time being which that undermined any type of “bridge” going to abandon our sovereignty that without mandated of our majority people
    Sri lanka.

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